ED’S LET­TER

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Ilove hun­ker­ing down in­side, all cosy and warm while the rain pelts down out­side. And this past win­ter has taken that love to an­other level for other rea­sons: just to hear wa­ter fall­ing felt like such a re­lief af­ter that long, dry, des­per­ate sum­mer.

There are things I find I just can’t do any more as a re­sult of the drought. Sadly, read­ing for hours in a bath that you keep top­ping up with your toes is one of them. We stayed with friends re­cently, where there were no wa­ter re­stric­tions. I dreamed about the bath I was go­ing to have there for a long time… but once I was in it, I felt so guilty I couldn’t re­lax. And the idea of flush­ing a loo with clean wa­ter just seems ut­terly out­ra­geous.

Has some­one al­ready in­vented a sys­tem that fills cis­terns with shower wa­ter? If so, please send de­tails! And if not, maybe a hugely in­spir­ing woman – like our Women of the Fu­ture win­ners on page 65 this month – could do it in time for next year’s awards? Just say­ing.

The drought isn’t over, so I should be dread­ing the ar­rival of spring. But early the other morn­ing when I opened the door to let the dogs out, there was that lit­tle hint of light in the sky and that lit­tle gust of warm air that meant spring was tip­toe­ing to­wards us, and it felt like I was breath­ing out again.

There’s some­thing pro­found about the idea of re­newal and new hope that spring brings with it: it’s like ev­ery time you have a new hair­cut (as a late-on­set short-haired per­son, I’m still ex­cited by that) or you buy a new pair of shoes, or Zuma ex­its stage left: sud­denly, any­thing is pos­si­ble. And I re­ally be­lieve it is – spe­cially the lat­ter. So that’s what I’ll be cel­e­brat­ing on Her­itage Day this month: re­newal. And pos­si­bil­i­ties…

Have a won­der­ful month, and an ab­so­lutely joy­ous spring!

Love, Suzy

Ed­i­tor Suzy Bro­ken­sha

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